While competing in kickboxing, Thompson earned several titles and won 30 fights by knockout. Last we saw him, Thompson shocked UFC fans with a frightening head kick knockout victory over Daniel Stittgen at UFC 143. The knockout came in his Octagon debut and while the 28-year-old is just getting warmed up, he knows that his patience is key in his next fight.
The decorated kickboxing champion meets his toughest challenge in the cage to date when he takes on veteran Matt Brown at UFC 145 in Atlanta on Saturday night.
“It would be phenomenal if I had a spectacular knockout like I did at UFC 143,” Thompson told MMAWeekly Radio.
“It’s just one of those things where you can’t say, ‘this is one of those things I’m going to do,’ because if you do that, you’re going to be searching for it, you’re going to be pushing it. Every time I’ve forced a knockout it’s never happened and I wore myself out trying. So it’s one of those things where you just got to say to yourself, ‘I’m just going to go out there and do my thing,’ and if it happens it happens. Matt Brown has never been put out, and he’s never been knocked out, but I think it would be cool if I could do that. But I’m just going to go out there and have fun and do my thing.”
With having over 60 professional kickboxing bouts under his belt and his UFC debut out of the way, there are no nerves going into this fight for Thompson. He believes that he can sit back, take his time, and let his technique flourish in the Octagon.
Heading into the fight with Brown, he has paid little attention to what Brown has said and has a sixth sense telling him how Brown will look to establish his ground game.
“I’m just going to sit back and work on my game plan. I know what he is wanting to do. He said he wants to stand with me and strike with me, but something deep inside tells me that he’s going to want to take it to the ground. Either way, I’m going to be ready for it. I’m just going to sit back and see what happens. I’m not going to go out there and force anything like I was saying, but I’m just going to play my game.”